Vol. XXXIII No. 2

Marching Across the Putative Black/White Race Line: a Convergence of Narratology, History, and Theory

Abstract: This Article introduces a category of women who, until now, have been omitted from the scholarly literature on the civil rights movement: northern white women who lived in the South and became active in the civil rights movement, while intending to continue to live in the South on a permanent basis following their activism. Prior […]

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The “Nixon Sabotage”: The Political Origins of the Equal Protection Challenge to the Voting Rights Act

Abstract : Critics of the Voting Rights Act argue that the anti-discrimina­tion law requires states to engage in unconstitutional discrimination, as state decisionmakers must be conscious of race in order to ensure that voting policies do not weaken minority representation. This argument relies on the idea that subjective racial motivation is the essence of unconstitutional discrimination […]

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A Toxic Mouthful: The Misalignment of Dental Mercury Regulations

Abstract: Mercury amalgam dental fillings have been used for over one hundred and fifty years in hundreds of millions of patients around the world. In the past two decades, scientific evidence has shown that mercury fillings have harmful effects on human health. Still, the American Dental Association maintains the position that mercury fillings are safe […]

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A Long Way from Home: Restrictions on Federal Funding of Abortions for Peace Corps Volunteers

Abstract: Since 1979, Congress has prohibited the Peace Corps from funding Volunteer abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or endangerment of the Volunteer’s life. This approach directly contrasts with domestic abortion policies, such as Medicaid and those in federal prisons, which contain funding exceptions in these dire circumstances. Affording female Peace Corps Volunteers the […]

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To Free or Not to Free: Rethinking Release Orders Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act After Brown v. Plata

Abstract: The United States Supreme Court made one of its most controversial decisions in recent memory in May 2011. Brown v. Plata involved a class action by inmates in California who alleged that their Eighth Amendment rights had been violated because overcrowding in the State’s prisons prevented access to adequate physical and mental health care. […]

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A Jury of Whose Peers?: Eliminating Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection Procedures

Abstract: The jury system is intended to instill fairness and increase confidence in the American legal system as a whole. Despite this goal, widespread discrimination remains in jury selection procedures. In order to adequately protect both a defendant’s right to be tried by a jury of his peers and every citizen’s right to participate in […]

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